Nobody’s Fool

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


Terrific family drama, with  as a construction worker who abandoned wife and kids decades earlier when life got too complicated for him. Now he lives blocks away from his family in a rooming house with an old lady () who believes that he still might one day live up to his potential. The cast is uniformly brilliant, and Robert Benton’s direction is backed up by his fantastic script about this small town where everyone lives a big life in a small way, where no one is a hero or a villain but people muddle through as best they can.  has a wonderful supporting role as the girl who was once the town beauty and is now unhappily married to the head of the construction company () who can’t be bothered with her.


Capella International, Cinehaus, Paramount Pictures

USA, 1994

Directed by

Screenplay by Robert Benton, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman as “Sully”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Robert Benton)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Paul Newman)

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